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Talks in progress to resolve cake factory strike dispute

Hundreds of staff at a cake factory in Hull have gone on strike in a dispute over their pay.

Unions say a temporary deal to accept lower overtime pay by workers at Greencore has become permanent - and that the change means that many are losing at much as £50 a week. The company says it's in talks with the workforce, and is also engaged in a legal process to try and find a resolution.

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Greencore tribunal statement

Greencore have issued this statement over a tribunal judgement whereby employees in Hull won a claim for over a £1m against the company.

This is an ongoing dispute with the union regarding premium rates. Greencore acknowledges the recent decision in the tribunal case in this matter. However, it is very important to note that the case has not concluded and, in particular, no specific claim has been agreed or stipulated by the tribunal.

Further tribunal meetings are scheduled to take place over the next few months to bring the case to conclusion. Until that time, it is far too premature to discuss the Union claims.

We believe that the management has a good dialogue with our colleagues at the Hull facility and our priority continues to focus on securing the long-term sustainability of the site and employment for the area. "

– Greencore spokesman

Tribunal awards workers over £1m

Workers at a cake manufacturer in Hull have won a claim for over a million pounds at a tribunal against their employers.

More than 400 staff at Greencore agreed to take a temporary pay cut until October last year - to help the firm - which makes cakes for some of the UK's biggest supermarkets - during the recession.

But when Greencore continued paying the lower rate - beyond last October - a tribunal ruled all the staff should be paid for the money they've lost out on.

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